Elvis Costello - "The World His Wife" lyrics

(alternate slower version, submitted by craig ciccone)

The family circle gathers round from very far and near
To pass around the same remarks they passed away last year

The little girl you dangled on your knee without mishap

Stirs something in your memory and something in your lap


The juniper berry has a very deadly kiss

I would say that something here is very much amiss

But its a living and this is the life
For the world and his wife

The world and his wife
The kissing cousins step outside to cuddle and confess

She says sweet nothing at all, its much more of a mess
She says, "our mother and someone elses father
Went for two weeks holiday in tarmasalata."

Daddy went out the rubbish and he kept on walking
Between mum and the walls, God only knows who does the talking


The conversation melts like chocolate down our open jaws

Through the loud appeal of laughter and the counting of [' ]
And later on in the evening, through the tears and fol de rol

Come the sentimental feelings for the lure of vitriol

Longing thoughts go hankering for the old home overseas
With a blindfold and a national anthem sung in different keys